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Four Day Externship

The 4-Day Externship, as developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and presented in New Jersey by ICEEFT-Certified Trainer Debi Scimeca-Diaz, LMFT, LCADC, is more than just an introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy. It is an educational and experiential immersion in learning a new and empirically validated way to work with couples. 

This EFT Externship is not simply four days of lectures and slides. Debi Scimeca-Diaz is a powerful, passionate presenter who believes in "teach, show, do," which means you will learn through a variety of modalities, including: watching and discussing clinical videos of EFT therapists working with couples; practicing through role plays and experiential exercises that will help you "feel" the model in a safe, supportive way through the assistance of advanced EFT clinicians; and processing through daily small-group "homeroom" sessions, which are a supportive place for questions and group discussion.. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to witness Debi Scimeca-Diaz practice the model  through TWO LIVE CONSULTATIONS, working with two different volunteer client couples. 

You will leave the Externship with a new way to conceptualize your work with couples and a road map for how to work in the moment, in the room with them, so that you are more confident in helping your couples reconnect and repair. As often reported by attendees, you may also leave the Externship with a more compassionate way to see the relationships in your own life.  

The 4-Day EFT Externship is the first step toward EFT Certification, and it is required that you participate in an Externship before attending Core Skills.

Externship Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an "emotionally focused" approach to couples therapy.
  • Describe couple distress and relationship repair based on the EFT model and attachment theory.
  • Assist partners in reprocessing the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.
  • Assist partners in shaping new interactional patterns and in creating bonding events.
  • Identify interventions to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.

Comments from past Participants:

“Debi was great fun and brought a sense of life and excitement to the entire experience. The relationships and encouragement were the highlights of the training for me.”

"Been to so many trainings over the past 20 years in my career and this by far was the best"

“LOVED it! Can’t wait to practice it! Debi was amazing — felt she was understanding.”

“Content is really well balanced between learning and experimenting. A well run workshop, thank you.”

“Debi is the best teacher EVER – clear, concise, supportive (and I’ve been to Gotmann 2x, Hendrix 2x and even Sue herself)

“When the topic and training is top caliber and value is extensive then I will find a way to attend, thank you.”

“This was absolutely amazing! Very grateful.”

"Debi was very engaging, empathic, vulnerable and firmly planted in her beliefs, which made it easy to take a risk, be vulnerable, and quickly develop my belief in EFT" 

For information on the next NJ Externship please click here or email: Karyn Bristol, VP of Clinical Operations at

 For those with scheduling conflicts or who are interested in traveling outside of the NJ area for their EFT externship training, please visit and click on "Training" and you will be able to see a schedule of available externships worldwide.